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What is a Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is easily defined as the removal of a frenum in the mouth. A frenum is a muscular attachment between two tissues. There exists two frena in the mouth that can lead to the obstruction of normal functions, thus requiring the need for frenectomies. These frena are referred to as the lingual frenum, which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, and the maxillary labial frenum, which connects the inside of your upper lip to the gums just above the upper two front teeth.
Lingual Frenum & Frenectomy
Maxillary Labial Frenum & Frenectomy
It is generally suggested getting a frenectomy when the frenum is inhibiting normal function or causing obvious pain.
A lingual frenectomy should be explored if a child is having trouble eating, swallowing, or speaking.
If a child still has their baby teeth, a maxillary labial frenectomy should be considered only if it is causing the child pain. If the maxillary labial frenum is causing a gap between the upper two front teeth, then a frenectomy should be considered only after the closure of the gap using braces. If a maxillary labial frenectomy is performed before the upper two front teeth are brought together, then the impending scar tissue could render it impossible to bring the upper two front teeth together, leaving the child with a irreversable gap between their two front teeth.